US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Teams on Top of Standings
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FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 22, 2013) – After traveling abroad to Costa Rica to compete in a round-robin style tournament, the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls 1998 teams from all four regions placed in the top of standings after competing against four First Division Costa Rican teams - Alajuela, Saprissa, Arenal Coronado and the U-17 Costa Rican National Team. The US Youth Soccer ODP 1998 Region III team took first place with 12 points, going undefeated after four games.
"Today we can relax, finally," said US Youth Soccer ODP Region III Head Coach Derek Leader. "To get four wins was fantastic. Each game was actually very difficult and presented a different challenge and every day the girls withstood that challenge and stepped up."
The US Youth Soccer Region III team’s top leading goal scorer, Elexa Bahr, scored a total of four goals in the tournament. Bahr opened the scoring in Region III’s first game, scoring two goals to earn a 2-1 victory for her team, and she continued to earn tallies in three out of four games.
All US Youth Soccer ODP teams got the opportunity to play in some of Costa Rica’s premier stadiums - the Alejandro Morera Alajuela stadium, which seats 18,000 spectators, the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium, the second largest stadium in Costa Rica with a capacity of 24,000, the Coronado Stadium in Moravia, and Proyecto Gol, the Costa Rica Soccer Federation Sports Complex.
Aside from experiencing competitive play with other cultures, all US Youth Soccer ODP players got to visit Punta Leona, one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches located on the Pacific coast, and they also got the chance to explore Costa Rica’s lush rainforests and exotic wildlife by taking a canopy zip-line tour.
For seven years, some of the nation’s finest youth players in the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls program have benefited by playing abroad in Costa Rica, as well as other international locations such as Spain, Germany, Croatia and Brazil. The international competition further develops players by allowing them to test their talents in other environments, giving them the opportunity to experience playing styles in other countries and providing them with an invaluable cultural experience.
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program brings together the top players from various clubs and geographic locations, and puts them in an environment to train and compete at the highest level. US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program and with programs in all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, is available to any player regardless of club or hometown. US Youth Soccer ODP is the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as the majority of current and past national and youth national team members, as alumni.